Health & Safety

Location
Durham, NC
Undergrads
6,631
Tuition
$43,623
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Duke police are on top of crimes and there are many resources for sexual assault (the Woman's Center is the best one).

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Durham has gotten a lot better than it used to be. But, we still receive Duke Alerts once in a while about robberies/other criminal activity on or near-campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Duke does what it has to, but they closed down the Freshman student health centre, the appointments for the main centre has something ridiculous like a 3 week waiting time. If I'm dying, 3 weeks is too long! In terms of safety, I only feel safe around white people. I'm black, and so the police always look at me twice when they see me walking on campus, it's only when I speak in a British accent that they leave me alone, or if I'm around white people.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Durham is a semi-dangerous city, enough that Duke has regular break-ins and you need to keep your door locked. Student Health is so inconvenient and students regularly black out from drinking too much. Rape is also a problem on campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Haven't heard of any issues

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 859th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1091st
    Safest Campuses
  • 1140th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Most Duke students feel pretty secure on campus, and Duke has worked hard to provide students with the utmost safety and comfort. Duke has implemented (and expanded upon) many safety measures that are becoming standard on many college campuses, like carded entry to dorms and other facilities. The University also has a text message and e-mail system which notifies students about crime or danger on campus. The campus always seems to have people milling about, but if you’re walking through Edens or Central late at night or have decided (against conventional logic) to walk from East to West after dark, it's best to do so in a group. Duke, particularly East, is not situated in the world's most idyllic neighborhood, and walking off campus alone at night is simply unwise. There are occasionally thefts and robberies that occur on or near Campus Drive.

Duke tries hard to keep its students safe. However, the old real estate maxim “location, location, location” should serve to remind students that Duke has some inherent problems simply because of the instability of the surrounding area. Fortunately, very few Duke students feel like they have to stay holed up in their rooms at night, staring out the windows at the lurking shadows below. The best advice has already been given a number of times: use common sense, and you'll be just fine.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 4
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 50
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 5
Security Office
Duke University Police Department
502 Oregon St.
(919) 684-2444 (non-emergency)
www.duke.edu/police
Safety Services
  • Blue-light phones
  • Card-only access to dorms
  • Crime tracking and analysis
  • Educational programs
  • Facility surveys
  • Safety escorts
  • Safety lighting
  • Same-sex keyed bathrooms
  • Self-defense classes
Health Center
Duke Student Wellness Center
001 Crowell Building (garden level)
(919) 681-8421
www.studentaffairs.duke.edu/duwell/programs-services
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Basic medical care
  • Cold/flu/allergy self-help table
  • Counseling services
  • Endocrinology
  • Health education
  • Health exams
  • HIV counseling and testing
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory
  • Men's health
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Smoking cessation
  • Substance-abuse education
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
  • X-rays
Day Care Services?
No

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 43 responses

  • 23% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Dorm safety
  • 5% None
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 43 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 23% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 21% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 16% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 37% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 14% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 58% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 21% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 26% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 42% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 33% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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